• Connect with Your Inner Lorax: Become a Tree Steward

    If you live in northern Virignia, here’s a fabulous opportunity to get the knowledge you need to be an impactful advocate  for the trees … The TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria are volunteers dedicated to improving the health of our urban trees through educational programs, tree planting and care, demonstrations and tree maintenance throughout the community. New [...]

  • National Day of Service: Where will you be?

    Want to keep that fresh-start feeling that comes as you launch into a new year … the excitement of embarking on new adventures, striving to attain new goals,  living out carefully deliberated intentions, or jumpstarting the year with ideas that sprang up as quickly as the new year? For many, the novelty fades within the [...]

  • Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

    It starts in late August. That’s when I usually spot the first few dry, brown leaves cascading to the ground. They are an early cue of the changes afoot that eventually will cause some birds to depart for warmer climates, insects and animals to seek shelter for hibernation, and many trees to shed their leaves. [...]

  • 8 Great Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving

    8 Great Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving Being green is about more than being eco-friendly; it’s about being a good citizen of the earth in ways that go far beyond the environment. When I think about being green, eco-friendly or earth-minded, I don’t just think about being kind to the environment. Sure, I think about [...]

  • Arlington Community Garden Grants Available. Apply Soon!

    Are you part of a condominium, place of worship, or non-profit that might be interested in starting a community garden in Arlington? Grant funds are available to get you started, but you must act quickly. A maximum of three $800 grants for use between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 will be issued. Here [...]

EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

From our friends at the Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack Chapter … Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation: Techniques to Break Dormancy Thursday, September 20
Sep 18, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
Fall Native Plant Sales

Fall Native Plant Sales

With the kids’ back-to-school transitions in the fall and changes in routines that come as a result, I’ve never been able to get into a
Sep 14, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

When I first heard about the concept of establishing a backyard wildlife habitat, I thought, “Yeah, right. Nice for the folks who live down the
Sep 13, 2012 | 1 comment | View Post
Volunteer Stream Monitor Training

Volunteer Stream Monitor Training

If you are in the DC metro area, here is a great opportunity to connect with nature through this citizen science program in Arlington County
Sep 12, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post
  • Nature

  • Connect with Your Inner Lorax: Become a Tree Steward

    Connect with Your Inner Lorax: Become a Tree Steward

    If you live in northern Virignia, here’s a fabulous opportunity to get the knowledge you need to be an impactful advocate  for the trees … The TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria are volunteers dedicated to improving the health of our urban

    Feb 06, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

    Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

    It starts in late August. That’s when I usually spot the first few dry, brown leaves cascading to the ground. They are an early cue of the changes afoot that eventually will cause some birds to depart for warmer climates,

    Nov 26, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

    EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

    From our friends at the Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack Chapter … Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation: Techniques to Break Dormancy Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 pm Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA Seed dormancy is nature’s mechanism

    Sep 18, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Children and Nature

  • National Day of Service: Where will you be?

    National Day of Service: Where will you be?

    Want to keep that fresh-start feeling that comes as you launch into a new year … the excitement of embarking on new adventures, striving to attain new goals,  living out carefully deliberated intentions, or jumpstarting the year with ideas that

    Jan 18, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

    Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

    It starts in late August. That’s when I usually spot the first few dry, brown leaves cascading to the ground. They are an early cue of the changes afoot that eventually will cause some birds to depart for warmer climates,

    Nov 26, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

    Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

    When I first heard about the concept of establishing a backyard wildlife habitat, I thought, “Yeah, right. Nice for the folks who live down the in areas where trees and woodlands are an integral part of the landscape, but not

    Sep 13, 2012 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Great Green Escapes

  • Great Green Escapes: Mt. Vernon Trail

    Great Green Escapes: Mt. Vernon Trail

    A version of this story originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. During the school year, I had a standing date with a friend whom I met 10 years ago at a new mom’s group at

    Aug 21, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Great Green Escape: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

    Great Green Escape: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

    A version of this story originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. A few weeks ago, I had the very unoriginal idea of going to Mt. Vernon Estate on Presidents Day. Although we arrived shortly after

    Apr 06, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Great Green Escape: Daingerfield Island

    Great Green Escape: Daingerfield Island

    A version of this story originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. If you live in the D.C. metro area, you have no doubt passed the signs for Daingerfield Island countless times on your way to

    Mar 15, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Eco-Resources

  • Make an Earth Day Pledge Today!

    Make an Earth Day Pledge Today!

    Earth Day is just a few days away. What commitment will you make to have a more positive planetary impact? (My commitment for this year is to reduce food waste  – more on that soon!) Need some ideas? We’ve got

    Apr 19, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Book Review: The Green Book

    Book Review: The Green Book

    The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time Looking for a way to green-up the way you and your family live your lives? The Green Book is an excellent resource for anyone

    Apr 09, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Richard Louv on The Nature Principle

    Richard Louv on The Nature Principle

    This week, a friend and I fought traffic driving on the G.W. Parkway and through Georgetown to make our way to the National Cathedral, where best selling author, Richard Louv, was speaking. Louv, who coined the term, “nature deficit disorder,”

    Mar 15, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Wildlife

  • Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

    Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

    When I first heard about the concept of establishing a backyard wildlife habitat, I thought, “Yeah, right. Nice for the folks who live down the in areas where trees and woodlands are an integral part of the landscape, but not

    Sep 13, 2012 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Arlington Bat Festival & Save Lucy the Bat Campaign

    Arlington Bat Festival & Save Lucy the Bat Campaign

    Last month I recommended the Annual Bat Festival at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia as an event to attend. I had never attended the festival before (I simply was unaware of it) and had planned to attend for

    Sep 06, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Monarch Butterfly Watch and Tagging

    Monarch Butterfly Watch and Tagging

    The number of butterflies visiting my neighbor’s butterfly bush, which extends into our front yard, has been increasing steadily over the past couple of weeks. Especially the number of monarchs, which is particularly exciting. Somewhere along the way, I learned

    Sep 06, 2012 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Learning

  • Connect with Your Inner Lorax: Become a Tree Steward

    Connect with Your Inner Lorax: Become a Tree Steward

    If you live in northern Virignia, here’s a fabulous opportunity to get the knowledge you need to be an impactful advocate  for the trees … The TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria are volunteers dedicated to improving the health of our urban

    Feb 06, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

    EVENT: Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation

    From our friends at the Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack Chapter … Native Plant Seed Collection & Propagation: Techniques to Break Dormancy Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 pm Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA Seed dormancy is nature’s mechanism

    Sep 18, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Volunteer Stream Monitor Training

    Volunteer Stream Monitor Training

    If you are in the DC metro area, here is a great opportunity to connect with nature through this citizen science program in Arlington County this Saturday. Volunteer Stream Monitor Training Saturday, September 15th. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Location:

    Sep 12, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

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